LITTLE FALLS, NJ - New Jersey Monthly has listed Passaic Valley as #160 in its latest ranking of the top high schools in the state. 

"In 2014, we were number 225, and we came down to number 160, so I'm very proud of that," said Dr. JoAnn Cardillo, who brought the news to the attention of trustees at the last Passaic Valley Board of Education meeting. "It shows you the staff and administrators worked very hard and we're doing some good work here at Passaic Valley."

Cardillo also spoke of the recent public budget hearing held by the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee in Newark, where Sen. Jennifer Beck, (R-Monmouth) of the 11th District, testified for fair share of state school aid and school funding reform. According to reports, Beck was joined by over 30 parents, superintendents, and school officials at the hearing. A letter dated March 16, requested that Passaic Valley High School be represented by taking part in the hearing.

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"Senator Beck asked that we participate in coming down to add some discussion in regard to the budget. We were chosen to receive this letter because we seem to be one of the most underfunded districts," Cardillo explained, adding that Passaic Valley High School is in the top 20 of most underfunded districts in the state.

"It was too late to attend those meetings, however, there will be upcoming public hearings on May 22 and June 4," she added.

Cardillo also said that she plans to send a letter to send some information on how the budget has been a little difficult here to build programs.

Counselor of the Year

In her superintendent's report, Cardillo also highlighted Mariaelena Perosi, who will be honored at the next board meeting for receiving the title of counselor of the year.

"This was voted upon by her peers," she said. "We're very happy to hear this and we'll acknowledge her at the next board meeting on Tuesday, April 11."

Student Rep

The Teen Center will be collecting bottles of water for the upcoming Autism Walk, to be held on Sunday, April 23. The high school will also be partnering again with Kohl's on the walk and other activities stemming from the autism program, including the high school's courtyard project.

"They started to work with us last fall and they did a beautiful job, and they'll continue in the spring," added Cardillo. "They'll come in for a couple of hours and work with the staff. It's a great partnership. The kids look forward to that."

Students will also participate during school hours on Thursday, April 27 to be a part of the high school's "Green Team."

The high school will also be holding the annual student/faculty volleyball game for charity during the upcoming month. Gatorade will be sponsoring the event by offering a drink for $1. The will also be donating a six-foot long banner that will be hung at the parking lot by the football field.